|A 60th Birthday Tribute to James Broughton|
Broughton’s unique cinematic and poetic observations of the cosmic/comic human situation are reflected in this 1973 interview conducted by Charles Amirkhanian on the occasion of Broughton’s 60th birthday (November 10, 1973). Born in Modesto California, Broughton was one of the San Francisco poetry renaissance writers, and the maker of the prize-winning film, “The Bed”, among others. Broughton’s works are imbued with a sense of joy, magic, and childlike playfulness...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Poetry; James Broughton
|A Brief Experimental Excerpt of Sound Poetry and Orchestral Music|
A collage piece of sdrawcab sound poetry, rooster crows, miscellaneous ambient sounds and classical music by Charles Amirkhanian, probably for a broadcast ca. 1971. This brief experimental work begins with a recording of a man talking, played backwards and mixed with an occasional rooster crowing. This is followed by what appears to be a short sound poem, or an excerpt of one, as read, and possibly composed, by Charles Amirkhanian...
Keywords: Other Finds; Sound Poetry
|A Celebration of Non-Commercial Radio|
This live broadcast from the very new KPFA building at 1929 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Berkeley, California aired nationally on NPR. It features the world premiere of Lou Harrison’s “Homage to Pacifica” (commissioned by the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation), a six movement, 45 minute composition for narrator, soloists, mixed chorus, and Javanese gamelan ensemble. An intermission feature presents a rare recording made in 1949, just after KPFA went on the air in which Henry Cowell per...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; New Music; 20th Century Classical
|A Concert by Gamelan Sekar Jaya|
Charles Amirkhanian introduces members of San Francisco’s sensational Balinese music ensemble, Gamelan Sekar Jaya (Flowering Success), founded in 1979 under the direction of Balinese composer I Wayan Suweca and American Michael Tenzer. Included in this 1980 concert is a composition by I Wayan Suweca entitled “The Love of Art”, composed in difficult, non-metric rhythms with virtuosic solos for each of the three main instrument groups, gendaran (metalophones), reong (row of tuned gongs), and...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Music; World Music; Gamelan music
|A Concert by Laszlo Varga|
Laszlo Varga performs three lesser known works for the cello. He begins the concert with the a cello concerto by Karl Davidov with pianist Karen Millar playing the part of the orchestra. He then plays Robert Schumann’s “Concertstück in F Major, Op. 86”, originally scored for four French horns but here arranged for cello and piano by Paul Bazelaire. After an intermission the concert concluded with the “Symphony Concerto in E Minor, Op...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Classical music; Cello music; Chamber music
|A Concert by the Bay Area Women's Philharmonic|
A recording of a concert given by the Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic featuring three works by women composers, Ethel Smyth, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, and Diane Thome, as well as one work Paul Hindemith. Recorded at the First Congregational Church in San Francisco on October 21, 1989.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; 20th Century Classical; Bay Area Women's Philharmonic
|A Concert by the Black Archives Orchestra|
From a recording made on May 20, 1978, this is the debut concert by the Black Archives Orchestra under the direction of it’s founding conductor, Judith Williams. The concert, which was sponsored by the Oakland Museum Performing Arts Committee (John Patton Jr. coordinator), featured works by a number of composers of African descent, including Howard Swanson, Ulysses Kay, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and William Grant Still...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; 20th Century Classical; 19th Century Classical; Chamber Music; African American Composers
|A Concert by the CalArts Chamber Music Ensemble|
From a concert held at Hertz Hall on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley on April 10, 1972, the Cal Arts Chamber Music Ensemble performs works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Anton Webern, and Ernő Dohnanyi. Introduced by host Charles Shere, this concert included Serenades by Beethoven and Dohnanyi as well as a string trio by Webern. The Cal Arts Chamber Ensemble were Jill Shires, flute Yoko Matsuda, violin, James Dunham, viola, and Barbara Miller, cello.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Chamber Music; Classical Music; CalArts
|A Concert by the Iowa String Quartet|
From a concert given at San Francisco State College on March 20, 1966, the Iowa String Quartet perform works by Henry Purcell and Gunther Schuller. The Schuller piece, his “Quartet No. 2” was commissioned by the Iowa String Quartet and is in three movements. According to the composer the first movement “contrasts clusterish, densely harmonic ensemble passages with brief lyric or quieter melodic sections, usually featuring just one of the four instruments, lightly accompanied by the others...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; 20th Century Classical; Chamber Music; Iowa String Quartet
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|A Concert by the Mostly Modern Chamber Players|
From a concert recorded in 1983, Laurie K. Steele conducts the Mostly Modern Chamber Players in a performance of works for chamber orchestra by Charles Ives, Morton Feldman, David Jaffe, Laurie Spiegel, and Teo Macero.
Keywords: 20th century classical; Music; New music
|A Concert by the New Music Ensemble|
A concert mixing classical piano works and new music for instrumental ensemble, sponsored by the San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble, and given on March 10, 1972 at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. The concert features works by Robert Erickson, Richard Felciano, Toshi Ichiyanagi, and Loren Rush, all performed by the Ensemble. Also included are piano works by Robert Schumann, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Franz Liszt, and Frederic Chopin, performed by Robert Helps.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Classical Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; New Music Ensemble
|A Concert by the Oakland Symphony Youth Chamber Orchestra|
A concert by the Oakland Symphony Youth Chamber Orchestra given on Dec. 13, 1964. This remarkable group of musicians, mostly high-school age, is heard in a program of 18th and 20th century music, conducted by Robert Hughes and featuring soprano, Carole Bogard.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Oakland Symphony Youth Chamber Orchestra; Music; Classical Music
|A Concert by the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra and Chorus|
A live recording of a concert given March 15, 1975 by the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Oakland Symphony Chorus, conducted by Joseph Liebling. This concert was held at the Paramount Theater in Oakland California and included pieces by Strauss, Brahms, Berloiz and Milhaud.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music: Classical Music
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|A Concert by the Oakland Youth Chamber Orchestra, 1966|
The Oakland Youth Chamber Orchestra in a concert recorded on March 27, 1966. The orchestra, composed of East Bay high school students, and conducted by Robert Hughes, has built for itself a rather impressive reputation. Here you will hear five works, ranging from Mozart to Copland, and Mendelssohn to Harrison, all of which pay tribute to the talent and versatility of this group of young musicians.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Oakland Youth Chamber Orchestra; Music; Classical Music; 18th Century Classical; 19th Century Classical; californialightandsound
|A Concert by the Pacifica Chamber Players|
From a public concert given on August 15, 1971 at the Berkeley Piano Club, the Pacifica Chamber Players perform works by Ingolf Dahl, Leon Kirchner, Igor Stravinsky, and Arthur Honnegger. For this concert the Pacific Chamber Players were, Tom Rose on clarinet, Ronald Erickson on violin, Michael Deatherage on cello, and Rick Nobis on piano.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; 20th Century Classical; Chamber Music; Pacifica Chamber Players
|A Concert by the Pacifica Chamber Players|
A recording of a concert by the Pacifica Chamber Players given at the Berkeley Piano Club on January 16, 1972. The program features chamber works composed over the past three centuries, beginning with Mendelssohn’s ‘Piano Sextet in D Major” and Mozart’s “Oboe Quartet in F Major.” These are followed by three 20th century works, a short piece for piano four hands by Ricklen Nobis, Paul Juon’s “Divertimento” for clarinet and two violas, and finally a Quintet by Sergey Prokofiev...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Pacifica Chamber Players; Music; Chamber Music; Classical music
|A Concert by the San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble|
A recording of a concert given by the San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble on April 2. 1971. The concert features “Four Systems” an aleatoric work by Earle Brown, “Concert for Piano and Orchestra” by John Cage, and the U. S. premiere of Arne Mellnäs’ “Capricorn Flakes’” a quartet for harpsichord, piano, glockenspiel, vibraphone. The ensemble, featuring students and other musicians connected to the Conservatory, is directed by Howard Hersh.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble; Music; New Music
|A Concert by the San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble|
The San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble performs a selection of works by 20th century composers, recorded at the De Young Museum in San Francisco on October 17, 1969. Included in the program is the United States premiere of “Tombolo” by Arne Mellnäs, as well as the world premiere of “Sette Fogli” by Sylvano Bussotti. Also heard are works by Erik Satie, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Alvin Lucier, and Loren Rush, making this a remarkably international concert of New Music.
Keywords: Music; New Music; 20th Century Classical; Piano Music; San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble
|A Concert by the U. C. Berkeley Chorus and Brass Ensemble|
The Chorus of the University of California at Berkeley perform several works, accompanied by a brass ensemble or organ. Although the works are unidentified they appear to be from the traditional classical repertoire. The mixed chorus sound stunning in this master recording of a concert, held on February 13, 1978, most likely on the campus of U. C. Berkeley. Any assistance in identifying each piece would be greatly appreciated...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Classical Music; Music
|A Concert by the Wesleyan Gamelan Chamber Ensemble|
The Wesleyan Gamelan Chamber Ensemble in its first new York performance. Recorded at the Asia House in New York City, January 17, 1971. The ensemble is composed of native Javanese teachers and their students at Wesleyan University. The instruments used include a gender, kendang, rebab, gambang, and slentem.
Keywords: Music; World Music; Gamelan; Wesleyan Gamelan Chamber Ensemble
|A Concert in Honor of Gerhard Samuel|
A concert given in honor of Gerhard Samuel, recorded February 1, 1971 at the Fireman's Fund Theatre, featuring music by Niccolò Castiglioni, Luis de Pablo, Charles Boone, Jean-Phillippe Rameau, and Gerhard Samuel.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; 20th Century Classical; New Music; Gerhard Samuel
|A Concert of Atonal Music by Josef Matthias Hauer|
Joseph Kubera and Julie Steinberg perform pieces for piano, composed by Josef Matthias Hauer.
Keywords: Music; 20th Century Classical; Josef Matthias Hauer
|A Concert of Classical Chinese Music by The Flowing Stream Ensemble|
A program of traditional Chinese classical music, introduced by Charles Amirkhanian. It was recorded as a live concert given on December 1, 1972 at 1750 Arch St. in Berkeley California, and is one of the earliest live broadcasts from 1750 Arch, in what was to be a long running series on KPFA. The Ensemble is led by Betty and Shirley Wong, and is composed of San Francisco Bay Area performers. After the music Charles talks with Betty and Shirley Wong, and Winston Wu about the ensemble and the resp...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Flowing Stream Ensemble; Interview; Music; World Music
|A Concert of Contemporary Avant-Garde Music|
Selections from a concert of contemporary avant-garde music probably dating back to 1968 or thereabouts. This concert was most likely organized by pianist and composer Robert Moran, who was very active in the San Francisco Bay Area during the late 1960s performing and producing concerts of experimental music, and most of the compositions included were aleatoric in nature. The first selection heard is Moran’s own “Interiors,” scored for an unspecified number of players, and performed here b...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; New music; Avant-garde; Brass ensembles; Aleatory music
|A Concert of Contemporary Piano Music for Four Hands|
Recorded at Hertz Hall on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley, a concert of contemporary piano music, the majority of which is for piano four hands. The concert begins with Judith Ann McGrew performing Peter Winkler’s “Seven Short Pieces,” a 1960 composition for solo piano. This is followed by then Winkler, joined by Douglas Leedy for a performance of Erik Satie’s “Aperçus Désagréables.” Another piano duet, “Pieces for Joan Gallegos” then follows, with its c...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Piano Music; 20th Century Classical
|A Concert of Court Music of Central Java, 1978|
Recorded and broadcast live by KPFA on March 8, 1978, this is a concert of court music from Central Java, performed on a gamelan in Hertz Hall on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley. The word gamelan refers to the whole set of instruments collectively. Unlike the Western orchestra, the gamelan consists of the instruments only, and not the players. Each gamelan, and often large gongs as well, is given a name and treated with great reverence...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; World Music; Gamelan Music; Indonesia
|A Concert of Experimental Music from England|
On March 21, 1974 the San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble under the direction of John Adams performed a concert of avant-garde or experimental music, by mostly young English composers. Works heard include an arrangement of an early 20th century waltz, a song based on a Chinese melody by Cornelius Cardew, and a rondo by Christopher Hobbs. Also heard are two pieces by Gavin Bryars, one inspired by the story of the Titanic, and another by a film of a London tramp singing an old hymn...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; 20th Century Classical; Avant-Garde; San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble
|A Concert of Indian Classical Music by Ram Narayan|
On July 27, 1968, as the culmination of a month of special Indian music programing on KPFA, the radio station in conjunction with the American Society for Eastern Arts presented this concert featuring master sarangi player Ram Narayan, accompanied by tabla player Mahapurush Misra, and recorded at the Berkeley Little Theater. Narayan was born in Udaipur in Northwest India into a family of musician and soon learned to play the sarangi...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; sarangi; ragas; world music
|A Concert of Japanese Koto Music|
From a concert recorded on July 27, 1966, a selection of traditional and contemporary Koto music. The concert begins with “Midare Rinzetsu,” which is roughly translated as “disorder” or “unorthodox.” It is for two kotos, and is in the dan-mono style of the Ikuta school, and is generally ascribed to the 17th century master koto player, Yatsuhashi Kengyō. This is followed by “Matsukaze” which means ”wind in the pines.” The work, which is believed to have been composed by the 1...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; World Music; Koto Music
|A Concert of Live Electronic Music at U. C. San Diego (1968)|
This is a recording of a concert of live electronic music presented at the University of California in San Diego on April 18, 1968, featuring works by Martin Bartlett, Toshi Ichiyanagi, and Anthony Gnazzo. The original concert program notes, written by Pauline Oliveros, states: For the past twenty years electronic music has been associated with magnetic tape and a stage devoid of performers. The equipment found in most classical electronic music studios was never intended for music-making but wa...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; electronic; electro-acoustic; mixed media
|A Concert of Music by Ernst Krenek: In honor of his 80th birthday|
A concert given in celebration of Ernst Krenek’s 80th birthday, on April 18, 1980 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and sponsored by the Goethe Institute. Charles Boone, who studied with Krenek, introduces the composer who then introduces the program of a number of his early compositions.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; 20th Century Classical; Art Songs; Ernst Krenek
|A Concert of New Music|
A recording of a concert of new music held on August 26, 1963 at the Pocket Theatre in New York City as a benefit for the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts. According to a New York Times review the star of the event was a rhythmic music machine created by the Fluxus artist and composer Joe Jones. The machine, called a Melchior (sp?), looked like a coat tree and included two violins, metronomes, a clock, some Japanese wood chimes, a fan, and apparently a small steam engine, under which...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; New music; Mechanical musical instrument music; Unconventional Instruments; Electronic music
|A Concert of New Music By The Ensemble|
A concert given Nov. 18, 1973 by the Ensemble at the Berkeley Piano Club, in Berkeley California. Works include three songs by Charles Shere from a work-in-progress based on texts by Marcel Duchamp; “Valid for Life,” a percussive piece by Beth Anderson; “Breaths,” a spontaneously performed work devised by Howard Moscovitz; and “Dark Night of Resistance,” a cantata by Julian White, using the words of Daniel Berrigan and St...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; The Ensemble; Music; 20th Century Classical
|A Concert of Works by Robert Moran and Morton Feldman|
Recorded at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco on August 31, 1968, this program features two works by Robert Moran and Morton Feldman. The first piece heard is the world premiere of "Scream Kiss No. 1," a theatrical work for harpsichord and pre-recorded tape by Robert Moran, and performed here by Margaret Fabrizio on the harpsichord. This work was used in a film realization by Paul Crowley, which also featured Ms...
Keywords: New music; Music; Motion picture music; KPFA-FM
|A Day at Creed’s: An Original Comic Opera|
From a series of old 78 rpm discs, this is a recording of “A Day at Creed’s” a comic opera by James Cahill (libretto) and Gordon Cyr (music). The work, and its origins, are described in an essay by Cahill, from which is taken the following excerpts: A close friend during my late high school and early U.C. Berkeley years was the composer Gordon Cyr, who later taught at Tyson State U. in Baltimore and died recently...
Keywords: Creed's Bookstore; James Cahill; Gordon Cyr; Music; Opera
|A Lecture by Dane Rudhyar|
Recorded during the Expanded Ear music conference on April 28, 1973 at the Camp de Benneville Pines, in the San Bernardino National Forest, Dane Rudhyar gives a half hour lecture on his theories about human culture and music. Inspired from an early age by the idea that all life is cyclical, Rudhyar, who was born in France in 1895 as Daniel Chennevière, moved to the United States in the early 1920s, leaving behind his old presumptions and even his name, and progressed on a path that saw him beco...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Lecture; Panel Discussion; Dane Rudhyar; New Music; Philosophy
|A Lecture Demonstration with Pandit Mahapurush Misra|
Broadcast as part of KPFA’s Festival of Indian Music in the summer of 1968, Graeme Vanderstoel, the then director of programs at the American Society for Eastern Arts, interviews Pandit Mahapurush Misra one of India’s foremost tabla players. Misra describes his instrument and provides multiple examples of the variety of rhythmic patterns utilized in classical Indian music. Misra says that to learn these intricate rhythms a classical trained tabla player first plays them at a slow tempo and o...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; world music; Indian music; panel discussions; lecture
|A Lecture Demonstration with Pandit Nikhil Banerjee|
Broadcast as part of KPFA’s Festival of Indian Music in the summer of 1968, Graeme Vanderstoel, the then director of programs at the American Society for Eastern Arts, interviews Pandit Nikhil Banerjee one of India’s foremost sitar players. Banerjee briefly describes the raga system which includes a family of musical forms with five or more notes in the scale. These are further broken down into a set number of masculine and feminine forms which have then given arise to thousands of children ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; world music; Indian music; ragas; lectures; panel discussions
|A Living Man by Sten Hanson|
Recorded in stereo quadraphonic, “A Living Man” is a work combining electronic sounds and recorded voice by the Swedish composer and sound poet, Sten Hanson. The composition begins with a self described electronic music symphony but soon expands so as to include a male voice listing a litany of qualities and activities that a living man enjoys. Composed in 1972 the work is typical of the type of text-sound composition that was quite in vogue in Northern European avant-garde circles during th...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Sten Hanson
|A Mass for Forgotten Times by William Duckworth|
Recorded in 1975, the University of Delaware Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Peter J. McCarthy, performs William Duckworth’s “A Mass for These Forgotten Times.” In a brief interview that follows this work, Duckworth describes his intention to seamlessly blend traditional chants with more modern extended vocal techniques, and his general satisfaction with the composition. The actual performance was recorded at the University of Delaware, while the interview, with Charles Amirkhani...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Interview; 20th Century Classical; Masses
|A Piano Recital by David Hemmingway|
A piano recital recorded at 321 Divisadero, KPFA's San Francisco studio. Mr. Hemmingway is developing a loyal audience, and this recital will show the reason: his performance of contemporary music combine musicianship with technique. David Hemmingway graduated from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and did post-graduate work at U. C. Berkeley. He studied with Madame Messina of the Curtis Institute and Alexander Uninsky of the University of Toronto...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Classical Music; Piano Music
|A Piano Recital by David Hemmingway|
Recorded on December 1, 1966 at the San Francisco College for Women (later known as Lone Mountain College), this is a piano recital of contemporary and avant-garde classical music performed by David Hemmingway. Featured works include Webern’s “Variations, Op. 27,” a spirited version of Boulez’s first “Piano Sonata,” and a more subdued yet sublime selection from Claude Debusssy’s ”Préludes, Book II,” entitled “Bruyères.” The concert concludes with the well known “Scherez...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; 20th Century Classical; David Hemmingway; piano music
|A Poetry Reading by Clark Coolidge|
Clark Coolidge reads a number of his poems, many of which were unpublished at the time of this recording. Coolidge, was perhaps more than any other person, responsible for inspiring the entire experimental field of Language Poetry, which became popular among avant-garde, mostly American poets, during the 1960s and 70s. This type of poetry was partially inspired by the work of Gertrude Stein, John Cage, and others who sometimes used mathematical sequences and other aleatoric or logical constructs...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Spoken Word; Poetry; Clark Coolidge
|A Press Conference of Seiji Ozawa|
The press conference of Seiji Ozawa held at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco to introduce the new conductor of the SF Symphony. Ozawa becomes Music Director of the Orchestra in the Fall of 1970. Despite showing up for the conference wearing a "Peace Now" button and making several comments against the Vietnam War, Ozawa reassured those older and more conservative fans of the Orchestra that his intention was to please the audience and not simply to shock them with modern radical compos...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Inteview; Press conference; current affairs; classical music; orchestral music
|A Preview of OM 12: A Festival of New Music|
San Francisco based didjeridu musician and KPFA radio show host, Stephen Kent, presents a preview of OM 12: A Festival of New Music, which was scheduled to be held in December of 2006 in San Francisco. After playing works by Per Nørgård, Markus Stockhausen and Tara Bouman, all featured composers and musicians at OM 12, Kent is joined in the KPFA studios by composer Peter Sculthorpe. The Tasmanian born and Australian based composer had recently revised his String Quartet No...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; World Music; 20th Century Classical; New Music; Peter Sculthorpe
|A Preview of the 1974 Cabrillo Music Festival with Dennis Russell Davies|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer, conductor, pianist, and festival director, Dennis Russell Davies about the 1974 Cabrillo Music Festival, which was scheduled to start a few days after this August 8th interview was recorded. Under Davies’ direction the 1974 Festival promised to be more than just a series of concerts of classical music standards. Not only was the Festival to expand its footprint by performing concerts in a number of different locations, including the Mission District of ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; 20th Century Classical; Classical music
|A Program on Fylkingen, art center in Sweden, from KPFA's Ode To Gravity Series, 1971 - Charles Amirkhanian|
FYLKINGEN: Revolutionary music and technological art center near Stockholm, Sweden. This program deals with the revolutionary music and technological art center near Stockholm, Sweden, called Fylkingen. Included in this program are examples of linguistically-oriented experimental music, called by the Swedes "text-sound compositions." Note: Language Warning Charles Amirkhanian explores the "text-sound" compositions of the forward thinking FYLKINGEN art center...
Keywords: Sound Poetry; Documentary; Text-Sound Composition
|A reading by Jan Herman|
Herman reading from 5th issue of his magazine San Francisco Earthquake, issue titled VDRSVP. The reading includes works by Sinclair Beiles, Carl Solomon, Carl Weissner, Annie Rooney and Jan Herman, dated 2/13/70.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Literature; Spoken Word; Jan Herman
|A Reading by John Giorno & William Burroughs|
Charles Amirkhanian and Victor Bedoian introduce a live reading before an audience of over 1,000 at the Pauley Ballroom of UC Berkeley given by America's most noted writers, William S. Burroughs and John Giorno. Giorno (b. 1936) reads his newest work "Subduing Demons in America" and his "Suicide Sutra". Burroughs reads from "Nova Express" , "The Wild Boys" and other works. Warning: Contains scatological phraseology and other obscenities.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Literature; Poetry; John Giorno; William Burroughs
|A Reading from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales|
Professor Jess B. Bessinger, Jr. reads the general prologue and the concluding retraction of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales.” One of the foremost experts on early English poetry, Bessinger offers a masterful recitation of this seminal work of literature, all in the original Middle English. The lyrical quality of Chaucer’s masterpiece is best appreciated when read aloud by someone fluent in the archaic form of English in which it was written...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Literature; Spoken Word
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